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Trophy Fish Award Program

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The Trophy Fish Award Program recognizes and rewards angling skill. Successful anglers will receive a:

  • Certificate of Merit
  • Bronze pin for your first fish of merit.
  • Silver pin for your fifth fish of merit.
  • Gold pin for your tenth fish of merit or a new state record fish.

General Rules: Saltwater/Freshwater Fish

  • Youth Category is defined as anyone 15 years of age and under.
  • Female anglers can qualify for both youth and adult state marine records.
  • Saltwater entries must be caught by boats leaving and returning to Connecticut ports. No overnight stays in another state prior to day(s) of fishing.
  • Entries must be filed on the Official Affidavit Form.
  • Fish must be caught by legal methods, played by only one person.
  • Fish must be entered within 30 days of capture.
  • Fish caught in hatchery ponds are not eligible.
  • Fish must be caught during Connecticut’s legal open season.
  • A clear photograph of the fish must accompany the Affidavit Form.
  • Fish must be weighed on scales certified in Connecticut (tackle shops, local markets or delis) or other state certified scales.
  • Please note: for all potential State Record Fish, a print out of weight from a certified scale must accompany affidavit.

Catch and Release Category Rules

  • All of the General Rules apply except that the fish does not need to be weighed. A witness must be present.
  • A clear photo must accompany the affidavit. This photo must include the angler holding the fish and also include the fish next to a measuring (yardstick, ruler, or tape measure) device to clearly show the length of the fish.
  • The accompanying photo must be taken at the location where the fish was caught and released.
  • Fish can’t be taken from the site and then transported back.
  • BLE = best length estimate for highly migratory species.
  • Minimum Length = Tip of snout to end of tail.
  • Marlin & swordfish—measure from lower jaw to fork in tail.
  • Shark species—minimum length is fork length.
  • Fish must be released alive!

Trophy Fish Award Minimum Weights

Note: Minimum Lengths apply to the catch-and-release category only! The minimum lengths listed below do not apply to the traditional weighed category.

Category

Species

Minimum Weight

Minimum Length

Freshwater

American Eel

3 lbs

35″

American Shad

5 lbs

25″

Atlantic Salmon1

15 lbs

31

Bluegill

12 oz

10″

Brook Trout

2 lbs

17″

Brown Bullhead

2 lbs

15″

Brown Trout

5 lbs

22″

Calico Bass (Black Crappie)

2 lbs

15″

Common Carp

20 lbs

34″

Chain Pickerel

5 lbs

27″

Channel Catfish

4 lbs

22″

Fallfish

1.5 lbs

14″

Kokanee

1.75 lbs

16″

Largemouth Bass

6 lbs

22″

Northern Pike

10 lbs

35″

Pumpkinseed

8 oz

9″

Rainbow Trout

4 lbs

21″

Redbreast Sunfish3

8 oz

9″

Rock Bass

12 oz

11″

Smallmouth Bass

4 lbs

21″

Sunfish Hybrids4

12 oz

10″

Tiger Trout

2 lbs

17″

Walleye

5 lbs

23″

White Catfish

4 lbs

20″

White Perch

2 lbs

15″

White Sucker

3 lbs

15″

Yellow Bullhead2

2 lbs

15″

Yellow Perch

1.5 lbs

15″

Saltwater

Albacore

30 lbs

40″

American Eel

3 lbs

35″

Atlantic Bonito

4 lbs

20″

Atlantic Cod

20 lbs

40″

Atlantic Mackerel

2 lbs

14″

Black Sea Bass

3.5 lbs

18″

Blackfish (Tautog)

8 lbs

22″

Blue Marlin

100 lbs

BLE (99″)

Blue Shark

175 lbs

BLE (54″)

Bluefin Tuna

400 lbs

60″

Bluefish

12 lbs

32″

Cunner

1.5 lbs

12″

Dolphin Fish (Dorado)

45 lbs

48”

Hickory Shad

1.75 lbs

18

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

5 lbs

24″

Mako Shark

175 lbs

BLE (54″)

Oyster Toadfish

1 lb

10″

Pollock

15 lbs

34″

Scup (Porgy)

2 lbs

17″

Squid

10 Mantle Length; 18 Total Length

Striped Bass

35 lbs

45″

Striped Searobin

3 lbs

18

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

6 lbs

25″

Swordfish

100 lbs

BLE (47″)

Thresher Shark

200 lbs

BLE (54″)

Weakfish

4 lbs

22″

White Marlin

80 lbs

BLE (66″)

White Perch

1.5 lbs

14″

Winter Flounder

2.5 lbs

17″

Yellowfin Tuna

150 lbs

60″

Blue Crab

8″

8″

1 Includes only hatchery-reared broodstock salmon released into the Broodstock Atlantic Salmon waters and supplemental lakes. Wild Atlantic salmon from the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound are illegal to possess and not covered under this Trophy Fish Award program.

2 Good photos (both lateral and ventral shots) will have to be required for identifications.

3 Redbreast Sunfish will require only a good lateral photo.

4 Most sunfish over 10″ are probably hybrids.

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